2010 is the year of the “under $100″ rods. Rod manufacturers knew they needed to provide as much value as possible in a rod and they decided to step up to the plate and make some great performing rods for relatively low cost. Almost every rod manufacturer now offers a “performance” rod under or close to $100. Many of these are built on IM-6 type blanks. They try to keep weight low by using less cork, EVA foam and lighter weight components than they normally use. A split grip rod not only looks great but is also more sensitive and needs less material which keeps the cost lower.
Here are our six picks for best new rods under $100
Abu Garcia Vendetta
The Vendetta is “factory balanced” to balance with the Revo and Soron reels. It features at Fuji Soft Touch reel seat, Pac Bay zirconium guides and EVA foam grip. Priced at $79.95 and $89.95.
St Croix Mojo Bass
The Mojo is built on a SC-II graphite blank and features Fuji ECS reel seat, split grip & Batson Forecast guides. It is available in technique specific models and comes with a 5 year warranty.
The Lamiglas Excel is entirely made and built in the USA. These are rumored to use the same blank as the higher priced Certified Pro models. They feature Fuji exposed blank reel seats and split grips. Many of the models are in the $150 MSRP range, but pricing for the series starts at $99.95.
Wright & McGill Skeet Reese Signature Series Tessera
These rods, design by Skeet Reese, feature “S-Curve” blank construction for superior strength, lifting power, sensitivity and weight reduction. They have a split grip, large fighting butt, molded rubber handles and zirconium guides. Priced at $89.99.
The Falcon BuCoo uses blanks made in the USA , feature exposed blank reel seats, Fuji Hardloy guides, split grips and use EVA lightweight foam. These rods weigh in at under 4 oz. which is pretty amazing for a sub $100 rod. Pricing starts at $99.99.
Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Signature Series
TFO’s Gary Loomis Signature rods are color coded by power for easy identification. All of the rods in the series are fast action. They feature split grips and SIC guides. Priced at $99.95.